Real soul music isn’t about physical geography; it’s about emotional resonance.
Soul music is true to its name. It comes from inside the artist, and deeply touches the listener. Soul singersongwriter Numa Edema comes from Norway, but his music is born from universal pathos, the human condition.
Northeast Florida is its own kind of weird. Go there with Swamp Cabbage and let your jaw drop, smile and dance. The band is an electric three-piece blend of southern rock, funk and second-line dixieland jazz grooves. Led by guitarist/singer Walter Parks, the longtime sideman to Woodstock legend Richie Havens, Swamp Cabbage transports audiences to the marshes, palmetto thickets, piney woods and trailer parks around which Parks grew up. Oft compared to The Meters, ZZ Top, Tom Waits and Dr John.
An ensemble performing an extensive repertoire from the1930's hot jazz age - with a few originals to boot. Hugely inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller, they continue to breathe new life into songs from an era of playful composers. Featuring David Rubin on resophonic guitar, Jerry Fabris on upright bass, Megan Burleyson on snare drum & vocals and Dale Burleyson on guitar & vocals. From uptown dance hall events to downtown burlesque reviews, 4th Street NiteOwls are an absolute hoot…
An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.
About our featured artist: Sylvana Joyce is a native New Yorker, former child actress with credits on Broadway, conservatory pianist turned rock and roll songwriter. Her band, Sylvana Joyce + The Moment, explores a fusion of Balkan/Latin with Rock with a sound that has been compared to the cinematic compositions of artists such as Tori Amos and Kate Bush. Attracting national coverage (Huffington Post, MTV, NBC), Sylvana and her band has played various festivals in the US including CMJ and Musikfest, and is set to release a new record this year.
About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.
Jocelyn Medina Quartet:
Jocelyn Medina - voice
Art Hirahara Music - piano
Thomson Kneeland - bass
Ross Pederson - drums
The sounds and styles of Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her latest album, COMMON GROUND, fuses jazz harmonies with raga-based melodies from India and polyrhythms from Africa to create an exciting new soundscape. As a storyteller, Medina’s lyrics recount personal experiences that reflect universal themes and a socially conscious worldview. Jocelyn celebrates the New Jersey Release of Common Ground at the Fox & Crow presenting material from the new CD and arrangements of jazz and Brazilian standards, accompanied by Art Hirahara on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Ross Pederson on drums. More info at www.jocelynmedina.com.
“Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” (Constance Tucker, All About Vocals)